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Tim Feeney – Burrow

July 4, 2018
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Tim Feeney | Burrow

Four improvised poundings: a drum, a pair of sticks, a metal plate, a pair of dowels, a heavy cymbal, a large room, a small squirrel, a static listening, a punishing listening, a boring listening, a quickening listening.

Tim Feeney composes, improvises, and builds environments in and for forests and grain silos, specifically concerned with unstable sound and duration. He appears in bookstores and basements with Sarah Hennies and Greg Stuart as the trio Meridian; in galleries and libraries with Vic Rawlings and Annie Lewandowski; in colleges and museums with Andrew Raffo Dewar, Holland Hopson, and Jane Cassidy; and in the occasional festival or concert hall with Anthony Braxton, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, or the inhabitants of the California Institute of the Arts.

composed and recorded by Tim Feeney
recording location: Tuscaloosa, AL

Mastered by Alan F. Jones, Tracyton, WA

Artwork, design, layout by Feeney & Jones

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Released on 17 JUL 2018

Burrow 1 [excerpt]
 

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Grisha Shakhnes – ARCS

March 22, 2018
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Grisha Shakhnes – ARCS

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MFCS J, on high quality magnetic tape from Marginal Frequency, artwork by Yael Skidelsky. Limited to 100 units.

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side A:
malice
an ode to self-containment

side B:
at least as alive as the vulgar
how long?


All material performed and recorded by Grisha Shakhnes

Mastered by Alan F Jones at Laminal Audio, Kitsap County, Washington

Artwork: Yael Skidelski
Layout: Alan F Jones

Marginal Frequency is excited to present this new work from Grisha Shakhnes. Those familiar with his work (Disappearing Records, Glistening Examples) will recognize the musique concrète approach to music, sourced from analog tape and environmental recordings, and this is his most expressive work to date. A beautiful addition to the catalog, meditative and rich.

at least as alive as the vulgar (excerpt)


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Cristián Alvear / Santiago Astaburuaga – capas de un tapiz

March 22, 2018
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capas de un tapiz

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MFCS I, on high quality magnetic tape from Marginal Frequency, photography by Tatiana Wolf. Limited to 100 units.

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side A:
topializ (10:39)
by Rolando Hernández

side B:
sin título #21
by Nicolás Carrasco


Cristián Alvear: Cristián Alvear:  guitar, transducers, small amplifiers, recordings

Santiago Astaburuaga:  bass, transducers, small amplifiers, recordings

Recorded by Cristóbal Arriagada at CHT Studios Santiago de Chile

Mixed and mastered by Alan F Jones at Laminal Audio, Kitsap County, Washington

Photography: Tatiana Wolf
Design: Alan F JonesTwo new compositions from Rolando Hernández and Nicolás Carrasco, beautifully interpreted and executed by the Chilean duo of Cristián Alvear and Santiago Astaburuaga. This release marks the duo’s first recordings for the public, while they prepare for much more in the immediate future.Using physical objects and in situ cues through photography and video to realize complex scores, Alvear and Astaburuaga recorded these pieces live in the CHT studios in Santiago, Chile. Employing aggressive recording techniques and microphone placements to capture the main instrumentation of tabletop electric bass and classical guitar, the outcome is as lovely as anything Marginal Frequency has had the pleasure to present for the label’s listeners.topializ (excerpt)

sin título #21 (excerpt)

 

 


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Organ For the Senses

October 15, 2017
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Organ For the Senses

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high quality vinyl pressing from Marginal Frequency, original artwork by Marina Grize and Kate Clark. Limited to 300 units.

A1:
Secular Reason (10:39)
by Michael Pisaro (2016)
Organist: Justin Murphy-Mancini

A2:
An Inside-out Map of the Spreckels Organ Pavilion (09:48)
by Samuel Dunscombe (2016)
Organist: Justin Murphy-Mancini

B1:
Face South Toward the Storm (12:03)
by Steven Andrew Flato (2016)
Organist: Jared C. Jacobsen

B2:
Artificial Horizons (07:23)
by Celeste Oram, Wen Liu, Johannes Regnier
Organist: Jared C. Jacobsen
Vocalist: Mary Glen Fredrick


Creative Direction: Kate Clark
Music Direction and Concert Recording: Samuel Dunscombe
Organ Curator: Dale Sorensen
Audio Production: Nick Lesley

Album Design: Marina Grize
Drawing: Kate Clark

Production Support:
Max Nanis
Ross Porter
Spreckels Organ Society

Mixing Engineer: Samuel Dunscombe
Mastering Engineer: Alan F. Jones

When it was installed in 1915, the Spreckels Organ was the avant garde of public concert space. It was commissioned as a centerpiece to the California-Panama exposition, which both celebrated the newly completed Panama Canal and welcomed the new wave of merchant and tourist traffic that the canal was about to bring to early 20th century San Diego. 100 years on, the Spreckels Organ is still an instrument capable of achieving its core goal of evoking feelings of great excitement and awe for those lucky enough to see and hear it in action.  It is also an instrument capable of creating an astonishingly powerful array of new and exciting sounds, a territory that currently remains largely unexplored, and a territory that expands as the organ itself continues to grow in physical size (a recent upgrade now sees this instrument with over 5,000 individual pipes).

In 2016, San Diego’s Parkeology director Kate Clark and composer Samuel Dunscombe began brainstorming as to how this massive instrument’s potential might be further uncovered, planning a concert that would highlight qualities that hadn’t been explored. These discussions resulted in the Parkeology event, Organ For the Senses, sonically archived here. Local and regional experimental composers were invited to develop works with the aim to explore all acoustic and physical aspects of the organto shine a light on the old to reveal something new.  Michael Pisaro’s “Secular Reason” takes as its mission to reveal the full dynamic and timbral range of the instrument’s 5,017 pipes – from ground rattling full-spectrum fortissimi to the extreme delicacy of a single flute stop – while Dunscombe’s work “An Inside-Out Map of the Spreckels Organ” aims to reveal the deepest inner working of the instrument by taking pan-perspectival field recordings from deep within its bowels. Steve Flato’s “Face South Toward the Storm,” which draws inspiration from the 100 years of recurrent weather patterns an outdoor instrument such as this must inevitably face, speaks to the organ’s endurance as a physical structure, augmenting the organ’s acoustic sound with live electronics to create a rich fog.  And “Artificial Horizons” (Liu, Oram, Regnier) zooms out to show us the organs place within the larger space of Balboa Park, with a particular emphasis on the flight path that runs directly above it.

releases October 31, 2017
all music by Dunscombe, Flato, Liu, Oram, Pisaro, and Regnier

Dedicated to Craig Johnson

Secular Reason (excerpt)

An Inside-out Map Of the Spreckels Organ Pavilion (excerpt)

Face South Toward the Storm (excerpt)

Artificial Horizons (excerpt)


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Joda Clément & Mathieu Ruhlmann – Kindred

October 1, 2017
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Joda Clément & Mathieu Ruhlmann | Kindred

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high quality chrome, magnetic tape release from Marginal Frequency, original artwork by Mathieu Ruhlmann. Limited to 100 units.

A1. Taking Tiger Mountain (version)*
A2. Against What Light

B1. between regions of partial shadow and complete illumination

Joda Clément – analog synthesizer, field recordings, electromagnetic feedback, treatments
Mathieu Ruhlmann – objects, oscillators, shruti box, amplified objects, field recordings, reel to reel, ukelin

guests on “Taking Tiger Mountain”:
Cristián Alvear – guitar
Gregory Moskos – piano
Alexandra Spence – Clarinet
Tim Clément – tape loops
Judith Hamann – cello, voice
A.F. Jones – lap steel, voice

*written by Brian Eno; concept and arrangement by Joda Clément & Mathieu Ruhlmann

releases October 17, 2017
all music by Joda Clément and Mathieu Ruhlmann

Mixed by Joda Clément
Mastered by A.F. Jones at Laminal Audio

Design: Mathieu Ruhlmann

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against what light (excerpt)


between regions of partial shadow and complete illumination (excerpt)
 

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fraufraulein – heavy objects

October 1, 2017
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fraufraulein | heavy objects

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high quality chrome, magnetic tape release from Marginal Frequency, original artwork by fraufraulein. fraufraulein are Billy Gomberg and Anne Guthrie (Brooklyn). Limited to 100 units.

Side A: one of us always tells the truth
Side B: when we evaporate

releases October 17, 2017
all music by Billy Gomberg and Anne Guthrie

Produced and engineered by Billy Gomberg and Anne Guthrie
Mastered by A.F. Jones at Laminal Audio

design/layout: fraufraulein

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one of us always tells the truth (excerpt)


when we evaporate (excerpt)
 

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Andrea Borghi – Sostrato

July 18, 2017
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Andrea Borghi | Sostrato

borghi SOSTRATO

1. Sostrato (20’00”)

 

Andrea Borghi (b.1974) is an art teacher, sound artist and electroacoustic composer based in Pietrasanta, Lucca (Tuscany, Italy).

In his work, he explores the relationships between physical material substrates and sound production.

As a music publisher, he runs the disk publishing label «  Liscarecords ». He is also a founding member of the electronic improvisation group « Quartet Vipcancro ».

In recent years, his work has been focusing on experimentations with a number of different materials from which to create sound in a series called “Discomateria”. Using a variety of different mediums such as glass, plastic, metal, and more recently, marble, as the primary resource for sound production.

Discomateria #24, the source work for Sostrato, makes materials audible through electroacoustic transduction, and processes sound produced by the surfaces within the stage setting. The music producing instrument is a prepared pickup and turntable built by the artist. “Discomateria” is additionally a growing corpus of graphic/sculptural works of art.

Recorded by Andrea Borghi (prepared turntable, speaker, objects)
Mastered by A.F. Jones at Laminal Audio
Photography by Silvio Pennesi

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sostrato3

Sostrato excerpt 
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Kieran Daly / Sam Sfirri – Derrison

May 17, 2017
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Kieran Daly / Sam Sfirri | Derrison

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After over a decade of collaboration — running the gamut from downcore improv-lounge to conceptual field recording and non-performance to depressive MIDI jazz-fiction — Derrison marks the first official release by idiosyncratic musicians and composers Kieran Daly and Sam Sfirri. Presenting their statically fragmentary, diffident, and obtuse approach to ‘interpretation’, Daly and Sfirri perform twelve counterfactual improvisations derived from the jazz standard repertoire and offer a novel contribution to the recorded ‘guitar and piano duo’ tradition of Evans & Hall, Frisell & Hersch, Holdsworth & Beck, Metheny & Mehldau, and others.

A1. Out Of Nowhere (for Johnny Green)
A2. Vashkar (tk. 1) (for Carla Bley)
A3. Ice Cream Konitz (for Lee Konitz)
A4. Wow (tk. 1) (for Lennie Tristano)
A5. Wow (tk. 2) (for Lennie Tristano)

B1. Cherokee (for Ray Noble)
B2. Palo Alto (for Lee Konitz)
B3. All the Things You Are (for Jerome Kern)
B4. Bright Size Life (for Pat Metheny)
B5. Crosscurrent (for Lennie Tristano)
B6. Solar (for Miles Davis)
B7. Vashkar (tk. 2) (for Carla Bley)

releases May 23, 2017

all music by Kieran Daly and Sam Sfirri

Recorded July 16, 2016
Recital Hall, Simon’s Center for the Arts at College of Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina

Produced and engineered by Kieran Daly and Sam Sfirri
Mastered by A.F. Jones at Laminal Audio
Cover Art by Daly/Sfirri, design/layout by Jones

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MFCS Derrison inner

B3. All the Things You Are (for JK) 
B5. Crosscurrent (for LT) 

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Catriel Nievas / Joe Wheeler – balance

March 8, 2017
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Catriel Nievas / Joe Wheeler | balance

balance cover

Catriel: “My records are raw recordings of unfinished travels, periods of time when nothing seems to happen, my home is completely empty, the sound of a waving hand of a lucky cat in the living room. A time of change from one state to another mediated by sound, perhaps some balance between what I was and what I am.”

Joe: “Most of the recordings I took happened locally in Cedarville, Ohio, in my backyard, my house, or around town. During August the cicadas where pretty animated, and they are heard throughout the album. I took a trip to visit my Grandma in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the middle of working on the album and I used recordings I took there in the track “guitarra – outside at 9PM” most notably. In “Outro” I used a recording I took of my dad putting flooring into our living room.

Less specifically, my desire for this recording was to capture really whatever was in front of me at the right time.”

This is the first collaboration between Nievas and Wheeler, and Marginal Frequency is proud to make it available to you.

composed and recorded by Nievas/Wheeler
Recording locations: Ohio, Tennessee, Argentina

Mastered by A.F. Jones, San Diego, CA

Cover Art by Joe Wheeler, design/layout by Jones

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0010 [excerpt]
BANO [excerpt]
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Clara de Asís / Bruno Duplant – L’inertie

March 8, 2017
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Clara de Asís / Bruno Duplant | L’inertie

L'inertie cover

Clara de Asís: Spanish composer and experimental guitarist based in France. Her works involve electroacoustic, improvised music and studio composition. She uses different combinations of materials and sound sources, with a main focus on electric guitar. She has developed a non-conventional and personal instrumental approach; with longstanding interest in minimalist frameworks, spacial auscultation and temporal suspension.

Bruno Duplant: composer, sound manipulator, and multi-instrumentalist based in the north of France, whose primary instruments include the doublebass, percussion, organ, electronics, and field recordings. Time and Space are concepts, entities, and materials for Duplant to approach with a certain nostalgia and poetry, and he is a frequent collaborator with a wide range of musicians from around the globe.

These recordings feature Clara and Bruno predominantly on guitar and organ, respectively, and in unison.

composed and recorded by de Asís/Duplant
recording locations: Paris, France

Mastered by A.F. Jones, San Diego, CA

Artwork and imagery by Clara and Bruno, design/layout by Jones

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La paresse [excerpt]
La lenteur [excerpt]

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